November 2013 (Issue No. 251)

November 2013 Cover
 

Jason Isbell, newly sober, talks about his songwriting process on Southeastern; virtuoso fingerstylists Michael Chapdelaine, Tony McManus, and Tim Sparks bring classical repertoire to steel-string guitar; Córdoba’s new American shop is producing a new Master Series inspired by iconic classical luthiers; Vicki Genfan on alternate tunings and tapping techniques; reviews for the Manuel Rodriguez FG Madagascar, Ibanez AEG 10II, and Yamaha THR5; Luke Winslow-King digs into gospel, jazz, and country blues; the evolution and the history of the modern classical guitar; five items our readers can’t live without; strengthen your picking hand; includes over 100 minutes of video lessons, demonstrations, and reviews.

Featured Songs

Thing Called Love - John Hiatt

Slap-Back Boogie - Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Gnossienne No. 1 - Erik Satie, arr. by Tony McManus

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. by Tim Sparks

Gypsy Davy - Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher

Guardame Las Vacas - Luis de Narvaez, arr. by Patrick Francis

In This Issue

JASON ISBELL
How the former Drive-By Trucker, newly sober, dug deep on the songs of SoutheasternBy Kenny Berkowitz.

CLASSIC STEEL
Virtuoso fingerstylists Michael Chapdelaine, Tony McManus, and Tim Sparks face the challenges of adopting the classical repertoire to the steel-string guitar. By Teja Gerken.

CORDOBA GUITARS
A visit to the nylon-string guitar company’s new American shop, where it’s building a new Master Series inspired by iconic classical luthiers. By Adam Perlmutter.

PRIVATE LESSON
Alternate-Tuning Accompaniment: How award-winning fingerstylist Vicki Genfan uses alternate tunings and tapping techniques to accompany songs. By Teja Gerken.

ACOUSTIC CLASSIC
"Thing Called Love" by John Hiatt. 

NEW GEAR
Manuel Rodriguez FG Madagascar: Cedar-top classical carries on the Spanish tradition. By Adam Levy.

Ibanez AEG1011: Impressively crafted and affordable acoustic-electric with traditional vibe and contemporary playability. By Adam Perlmutter.
Yamaha THR5: Tiny feature-laden amp is a perfect practice partner. By Doug Young. 

IN THE STORES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Luke Winslow-King: The singer-songwriter and slide player digs into gospel, jazz, and country blues. By Kenny Berkowitz.

THE BASICS
Simple Percussive Grooves: How to power up your rhythm parts with muting and string percussion. By Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.
SHOPTALK
Classical Innovations: How the modern classical guitar has evolved in the 20th and 21st centuries. By Teja Gerken.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING ESSENTIALS
Readers sound off on 5 essential items they can’t live without. By Greg Olwell. 

HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
PLAYLIST

WEEKLY WORKOUT
Picking-Hand Power: These fingerstyle exercises will help you build strength and independence in your picking-hand fingers. By Sean McGowan.

WOODSHED
Shaping Your Diatonic Solos: Improve your rock guitar solos by thinking critically about what you play. By Andrew DuBrock.

SONGBOOK
“Gypsy Davy” Traditional, arr. by Jody Stecher.
“Guardame Las Vacas” Music by Luis de Narváez, arr. by Patrick Francis.  

GREAT ACOUSTICS
Joshia de Jonge Classical. By Teja Gerken.